Staatsoper #2

Staatsoper #2

So, the alternative treatment of yesterday’s image was relatively straightforward.

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After converting it to black and white, I added a layer mask to pick out the lights and the decoration in the balcony. I think it still retains the elegance and the drama of the building. And, although, the bike is a bit lost, I think it is an improvement. As ever, I’d appreciate your feedback.

 

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Staatsoper #1

Staatsoper #1

In recent days, I’ve posted a couple of entries featuring the Opera House in Vienna. This is the photo that I was trying to get.

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I like how the gathering darkness creates an element of drama and makes the lights stand out a bit. I like the opportune positioning of the bicycle – obscured in a previous entry by a moving car.

I’ve tried to tackle the vertical lines, but that hasn’t been completely successful. Definitely something to work on.

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Speeding from the scene

Speeding from the scene

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I had absolutely no intention of including vehicles in this photo. In fact, as I was shooting this scene, I was trying to use the traffic lights (which were to the right), to give me a clear view. Obviously, this driver was in a hurry to get somewhere. Or, his/her reactions were sharper than mine! Anyway, it was a happy accident, because I like the effect of the motion blur.

Pity about the vertical lines of the building. But to fix then would have meant losing the car, which would have been an exercise in futility.

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Fantasy at the opera

Fantasy at the opera

The Opera House (Staatsoper) in Vienna is a magnificent building – so it will feature here for a few entries.

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The front of the building is decorated with five statues. This one, apparently, represents fantasy.

The ceiling behind the statue is brightly and richly coloured. But I felt that the wire mesh (presumably to deter birds) was very intrusive. So, I opted for a monochrome approach. But rather than converting the image to black and white, I desaturated some of the colours. This preserved the steely blue tinge of the statue, which I liked.

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This church is brought to you by our sponsor…

This church is brought to you by our sponsor…

This church – the Votivkirche – was one of our first views in Vienna. It’s visible from several parts of the city.

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Despite that, I didn’t quite capture the essence of it. This isn’t a great photo, but I was tickled that the scaffolding seemed to be sponsored by a soft drinks firm. I wonder if that might catch on in the UK.

 

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Multicoloured… but better in B&W

Multicoloured… but better in B&W

In Vienna, I stumbled across this memorial to the Soviet Army, who liberated Vienna from the Nazis. It’s not an aspect of history that I’m familiar with, so I’ll refrain from commenting on it.

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What fascinated me was the fountain (which is not part of the memorial). At night, the fountain is illuminated with different colours. Despite many efforts to capture the colourful display, I feel that the black and white version is the best image. Maybe it has a more sombre, subdued feel that seems fitting. Also, the best of my coloured version featured the fountain with red lighting, which seemed like a bit of a cliche with the Red Army memorial in the background.

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Urania reflections – variation #2

Urania reflections – variation #2

Having converted this image to black and white, I felt that it had something to offer.

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So, given my limited Photoshop skills, I added a layer mask to bring the colour through on the reflection only. I really like this version. Then, I confused myself by reversing the idea.

Now I don’t know which version I prefer. Any thoughts?

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Urania reflections – variation #1

Urania reflections – variation #1

I’ve decided to use an image that I posted earlier this week for my weekend ‘processing variations’.

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. While the reflection is still evident, I find the image is a bit flat and lifeless. But I had a feeling that there was something to be extracted from the monochrome treatment. So I gave it another go… which you’ll see tomorrow.

 

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)